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Project Opportunities

Use the following key to help find the type of project opportunity you are looking for:

  • INT = Internship
  • 599 = 599 Non-Thesis Project
  • Thesis = M.S. Thesis Research
  • Ph.D. = Doctoral Research

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(Faculty contact: Jaap VosTeresa Cohn):

    • Fifty years ago, Ian McHarg published “Design with Nature”. In this book McHarg argued that communities should be developed based on an understanding of the local environment rather than the individual whims and desires of local property owners. According to McHarg planners needed a solid background in the natural sciences and use ecological knowledge as way of thinking and goal setting. According to McHarg, everything connected to everything. With the increasing impacts of climate change, McHarg’s ideas are now even more relevant to planning but they are oddly enough still not at the center of either planning theory or education. In fact, the vast majority of planning schools are still teaching comprehensive planning, permitting and zoning with sidelines in urban design or public policy.
    • We are looking for a student to do applied research to help us create a graduate certificate for planning professionals that is based on a strong foundation in ecology and connects natural resources and environmental change to community values, social needs and aspirations.

(Faculty contact team: Mark WolfendenJan EitelLee Vierling):

    • We are seeking a motivated Ph.D. student who is interested in studying climate change effects on ecosystems affected by Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) functioning. Whitebark pine is considered a keystone species in the Northern Rockies, playing a critical role in the lifecycle of other plants, mammals and insects; it has also been identified as a candidate for listing as an endangered species. The Ph.D. candidate will have access to a suite of chemical ecological, ecophysiological, and remote sensing tools and use these to study ecological communities impacted by Whitebark pine presence. As part of this project, the student will be working at remote field sites near McCall, Idaho and the University of Idaho’s Taylor Wilderness Research Station. The student will also work closely with U of I’s award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) to integrate and communicate research findings to a broader audience including K-12 students and teachers. The student will be advised by U of I MOSS faculty who have expertise in chemical ecology, remote sensing and education.

(Faculty contact: Kenneth Wallen):

    • Conduct conservation or fish and wildlife management research through the lens of human behavior. Work on projects that produce actionable insights from rigorous psychological, sociological, and behavioral science inquiry with observational, experimental, and survey methods. Explore the nature of and reasons for environmentally significant behavior; contribute to conservation or fish and wildlife management via insights into human behavioral patterns and processes. Projects may be in partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

A Better You Gain certifications and work experience needed to open career pathways and get you moving towards your dream job.

 A Better Planet Spend 8 weeks working on conservation projects such as tree planting, fuels reduction, invasive plant removal, trail construction, and fencing. Play a vital role in improving our public lands and the environment.

Idaho Conservation Corps’ young adult conservation crews integrate team-based work projects, education, and professional trainings into a program that stresses personal growth and the development of resource management skills.

Schedule: -8 week duration | New crews start every few months

Qualifications: -19+ years old -High School Diploma/GED -Ability to lift 50 lbs., hike several miles, and be on foot for 8-10 hours per day -Positive mental attitude, flexibility and commitment to success -Ability to pass a criminal history background check

COVID-19 Safety Measures: We have developed and facilitated industry leading COVID management protocols that are in place to keep our members and staff healthy, and have maintained an excellent safety record. Visit to read our COVID management protocols.

Compensation: Members receive a living allowance of $2,600 prorated throughout their term of service, along with earning a $1,638 AmeriCorps Education Award upon the successful completion of the program.

 (faculty contact: Leona Svancara):

Nearly 85% of Idaho's vertebrate animals are classified as nongame wildlife; if you include invertebrates and plants, almost 98% of the state's native species are not hunted, fished, or trapped. Focusing on the highest priority at-risk species, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Diversity Program works to maintain state management authority and help prevent species from becoming listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Students interested in a senior thesis, non-thesis research project, and/or internship will work with IDFG staff and UI faculty to develop specific objectives as needed. Several potential projects may be available such as assisting with revision and implementation of various aspects of the State Wildlife Action Plan, addressing climate change effects on species and/or habitats, and contributing to educational materials for citizen scientists and the public.

(Faculty contact: Greg Latta):
Projects involve developing and modifying models linking the forest resource base with forest product markets to evaluate the potential effectiveness of natural resource, energy, and climate policies. Examples include:

    • Projecting changes in rates of U.S. forest carbon sequestration and/or emissions in response to differing macroeconomic futures.
    • Evaluating the potential delivered wood cost effects of an expansion of wood-based bioenergy or mass timber production.
    • Exploring how policy focus when changing federal harvest rates affects private timber supply and fire risk mitigation.

(Faculty contact: Chloe Wardropper):

    • Wardropper conducts qualitative and quantitative social science research on how individuals and organizations make decisions about resource management (including working lands and water systems) under environmental change. Please see Dr. Wardropper’s website ( for information about her projects and RA opportunities.

(Faculty contact: J.D. Wulfhorst):
Projects examine the ecosystem service challenges to provision resources needed for food and forage production while attending to resource conservation and sustainability needs. Research designs may have case sites as well as connectivity within LTAR – the Long Term Agroecosystem Research network. Examples include:

    • Investigating trends of rural community stability and cohesion in food production landscapes grappling with challenges of emigration, climate fluctuation, and new social risks (e.g., opioids).
    • Examining core indicators of rural prosperity and community well-being tied to risks and sustainability within the U.S. food production system. Focal areas may concentrate on rangelands or crop production aspects of food and fiber demands.
    • Design of secondary data analyses to construct an ‘atlas’ of human dimensions aspects within services and tradeoffs of agroecosystems. Outcomes of this approach will concentrate on measurable impacts within sustainable intensification as the long term network evolves.



What: The NW region of USFWS has partnered with MANRRS chapters at University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Oregon State University to provide a new summer internship program reserved only for students in these three clubs. The new program is called “Pre-DFP.” It is intended to give MANRRS students the preparation needed to apply for the Directorate Fellows Program the following year. Note that to be eligible, students should a) be a member of MANRRS, and b) in this academic year, be a freshman, sophomore, or senior planning to start graduate school.

Contact: Chloe Wardropper with your degree information (college and department) and current academic year.

This project is ongoing. 
Application deadline 1/3/2022

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Natural Resources and Society

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139

Phone: 208-885-7911

Fax: 208-885-4674


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